Thompson is Digicel’s champion driver
?Mark Thompson emerged champion driver of the Digicel Williams International race meet as the combined efforts of Barbadian drivers placed the island at the top of the country championship standings of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motoring Racing Championship (CMRC), part of the race meet contested at Bushy Park last Sunday.
Barbados ended the weekend’s action at the top of the standings with 203 points, way ahead of Guyana on 173, followed by Jamaica, 148, and Trinidad and Tobago, 34, at the meet which attracted a record 27 regional competitors at the recently redeveloped Bushy Park racing facility.
After early testing, teams got down to the business of qualifying on Saturday for all classes on the 24-race programme and all eyes were on local ace Roger Mayers, the CMRC champion in 2011, who grabbed pole position for the home team.
He was nine-tenths quicker than reigning champion Doug Gore of Jamaica, Guyana’s Mark Vieira, in a Mazda RX-8, and Kevin Jeffrey, at the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII, who lined up on row two, with locals Barry Mayers in a Suzuki SX4 and Stuart Williams in a Lotus Elise on row three.
But delays were the order of the day’s action due to a number of incidents and the scheduled CMRC races were moved to Sunday morning. As the 14 Group 4 cars set off on their first formation lap the engine of Jeffrey’s Evo blew, causing a small under-bonnet fire and a further delay that sidelined him for the remainder of the race meet.
Stuart Maloney, in a Peugeot 306 Maxi, made it a family affair as he won the Hilti Handicap from his brother Mark, while England’s Chris Hall, in a Radical SR3 RS, finished third ahead of fourth-placed Doug Maloney in an Audi A4 quattro.